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Narrative of a journey to Kalat, including - MASSON, Charles - 1843. 
Bentley London 1843 - First edition. 8vo., xii, 463pp., 4 pages ads at beginning, large folding map, original cloth gilt, spine faded, an excellent copy. The rare separately published account of the author's journey to Kalat. Masson (18001853), formerly James Lewis, served briefly in the King's 24th regiment of foot and then enlisted on 12 October 1821 as a private soldier in the East India Company's infantry, later transferring to the Bengal European artillery. He was present at the siege of Bharatpur in 1826 but deserted in early July 1827 in Agra and changed his name. Masson travelled to Afghanistan and embarked on a decade of pioneering travel and antiquarian investigation. During this period he collected well over 80,000 ancient coins and other objects which first provided a chronology of the dynasties of central Asia in the unknown centuries after the death of Alexander the Great. From 1834 Masson published news of his discoveries in the Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. The following year he was recruited by the East India Company as news writer in Afghanistan, in return for a free pardon for his desertion and a small allowance. Masson became bitterly critical of Britain's Afghan policy in the years before the First Anglo-Afghan War. He left Afghanistan in 1838 and during the ensuing British invasion remained in Sind, writing up his researches and travels for publication in London (Ariana antiqua, 1841, and Narrative of Various Journeys, 3 vols., 1842). In attempting to return to Afghanistan in 1840, he became accidentally embroiled in the Baluchistan revolt and was imprisoned by the British authorities without either charge or good reason (described in Narrative of a Journey to Kalat) - ODNB. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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